Fabric Ink T-Shirt How-To with Free SVG

Fabric Ink T-Shirt How-To with Free SVG

October 10, 2017By Kayla18 Comments

I’ve been wanting one of these trendy tees since the beginning of October! I almost bit the bullet and ordered one but, I’m a maker and it’s hard for me to order things I can easily make myself for a fraction of the price.

I like to pass along my tid bits of know how every now and then so today I’m showing you how easy it is to create a t-shirt that has a vintage feel to it. No HTV required!

Here’s what you need:

(1) Measure and Prepare T-Shirtmeasure-tshirt

I always measure first. It keeps me from putting designs under my armpit. Find the center of the shirt and press or iron it so that you have a line to center your design on. Also, now is the percent time to place cardboard or even paper inside of your shirt to prevent bleeding.

(2) Cut and Weed Designweed-stencil

I use the Cricut Explore Air II for all of my cutting needs. I highly recommend this machine if you’re in the market for one! Cut the Oramask on the vinyl setting and weed away the parts of the design that you want to be black.

(3) Transfer Stenciltransfer-stencil

Use transfer tape to pick up the design and transfer it to your shirt. I used plain old contact paper because it’s less sticky. If you use a transfer tape that is to sticky you might have a hard time getting the stencil to adhere to the shirt.

(4) Apply Fabric Inkapply-fabric-ink

Apply the fabric ink with a stiff brush, using a pouncing motion. I applied it sparingly to get the vintage t-shirt look.

cover-area

Cover the entire design and let it dry for a few minutes before removing the stencil. If you want a darker image, do another coat of fabric ink.

(5) Remove Stencil and Iron Over Design.basic-witch-tshirt-final

Once it’s all dry you can peel away the stencil and reveal the perfect, crisp design! Iron over the design or pop it under the heat press for a few seconds. This sets the fabric ink so it doesn’t just wash out.

(6) Show Off!basic-witch-tshirt copy

Now you can wear your totally awesome DIY’d shirt and when everyone asks where you got it  you get to say, “I made it!” Go you. You rock.

Happy Crafting Friends! <3

Kayla

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18 Comments on "Fabric Ink T-Shirt How-To with Free SVG"

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    Rachel
    October 12, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for sharing!

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      Kayla
      October 12, 2017 Reply

      You’re welcome!!

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    Tara
    October 12, 2017 Reply

    Love this! How do you think this design would work using heat transfer vinyl?

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      Kayla
      October 12, 2017 Reply

      I think it would work just fine! It’s a bit of weeding but not that bad.

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    Angie
    October 12, 2017 Reply

    Where did you get your shirt that you used?

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      Kayla
      October 12, 2017 Reply

      It’s a Jerzees brand shirt from Amazon. I’ll link it in the post.

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    Julie
    October 15, 2017 Reply

    Hi! Love this! Is the fabric ink you use like speedball? Thanks!

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      Kayla
      October 15, 2017 Reply

      Hey! It’s very similar to speedball ink. Maybe a little bit thicker but works the same way! I used Silhouette brand fabric ink.

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    Tara Fossett
    October 15, 2017 Reply

    Love this idea, thank you so much for sharing!!

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      Kayla
      October 16, 2017 Reply

      You’re so welcome!

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    Jennifer
    October 16, 2017 Reply

    How does it do after some washings? Air dry or gentle cycle? I’ve been wanting to make some shirts for my self that I do can’t buy since I can easily make it but I’m scared to make the leap. Lol.

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      Kayla
      October 16, 2017 Reply

      They hold up well!! I made one for July 4th in 2016 and it has been washed 20+ times and looks great!

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    Carol
    October 16, 2017 Reply

    Oh my ! Being the coffee addict that I am ( and not ashamed!) this is PERFECT!

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      Kayla
      October 16, 2017 Reply

      Yay for coffee addicts!! Thanks for stopping in!

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    B Pressley
    October 16, 2017 Reply

    You rock Kayla!!

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      Kayla
      October 16, 2017 Reply

      Aw, thanks!! So happy you stopped by!

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    Bree
    January 19, 2018 Reply

    I am so very new to the cricut world (just bought mine this week)! I love the shirt idea! This is probably a dumb question but when you mention transfer the oramask stencil using contact paper, what do you mean? What type of contact paper should I use? Any types would be helpful!

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      Kayla
      January 22, 2018 Reply

      Hey, Bree! Totally not a dumb question! I transfer Oramask using clear contact paper from stores like target/walmart.. The kind that you would use to line shelves or drawers. Lots of vinyl companies make transfer paper but I find it to be too sticky to transfer the Oramask. Hope that helps!


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